“You don’t choose to be born. You just are. And your birth is your destiny, some say. I say the hell with that. And I should know. I was born not just once but five times. And five times I learned the same lesson. Sometimes in life, you have to grab your so-called destiny by the throat and wring its neck.” - Masaji Ishikawa, A River in Darkness
🇺🇸 Those are the first lines in the book, which sure did grab my attention. The whole book is a page-turner, I read it in one go!
It is the story of a Japanese-Korean man who, born and raised in Japan, emigrated in his early teens to North Korea with his family. It is a sad read, full of events that bring you hope just to have it snatched away in the pages to follow. Very much like life feels like when you are depressed. I particularly liked the ending, there is no closure, no Hollywood “happy ever after”. I read “Nothing to envy” by Barbara Demick a few years ago and loved it, but this one is even better. More personal, more deep and more real. I particularly felt a connection with the author being of mixed-race, and that feeling of being torn in between two places. It is a very interesting read, considering what is happening nowadays. Rating ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/ 5
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